Review: 'The Heir' by Kiera Cass

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Heir
Kiera Cass

Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she'd put off marriage for as long as possible.

But a princess's life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can't escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.

Eadlyn doesn't expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn's heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn't as impossible as she's always thought.

Here Be the Players
Eadlyn was a great character. She was spunky and unreserved. I liked that she didn't listen to anyone else. She did what she wanted and nothing else. Which was inspiring. America seemed so...accepting. Eadlyn made her own story. She did things her way. Cool and collected. She was a strong heroine. And she truly didn't need a guy. Which annoyed me. She didn't need a guy. So why make her get one? Who knows these days? 
Kile could have been better. He had potential. What he ended up being was Eadlyn's kissing partner. He was smart. At first, he was caustic and annoying. But that made him a great character. Then that kiss. Oh man. It screwed things up. So bad. Kile... Why? Why? He became just another Selected. That's all he was. Not smart or cool. His architecture fell away. His personality fell away. 
I loved Henri. He was so adorable. His language barrier made things so funny. He was a great chef. But he was always so shy and reserved. Never really speaking up. But cute and energetic. I loved his interactions with Eadlyn and his bond with her. He would be a great consort. He was kind and caring. Loyal. Which made him a great character. 
Erik wasn't bad. He seemed shy and reserved. I wanted more  Erik. His past was fascinating. And his job. He was also loyal and kind. A bit shy. He didn't like to be in the spotlight. (He even sat lower than the others on the Report.) I liked his bond with Eadlyn as well. He was the type of guy I think would compliment her anger and emotions. Her passion and feminism. A softer personality. Right?

The Adventure Begins (And Ends)

The plot was...boring. Not a lot happened. I hoped for some challenges. The quiz was cool. Eadlyn had some great ideas. Meeting the brother's girlfriend was cool too. But the date? Borderline boring. The cooking one was one crazy date. The talent show was adorable. I loved it. The impromptu baseball game? Meh. Nothing too interesting. I wanted more. 
You may know that I love action. I wanted more action. A fight or two. (Well. There were fights. But not the ones I wanted. They showed the boys' loyalty, though. Which wasn't bad...)

The Swoon-Gasp-Swoon Factor

There was a lot of drama. Lots of touching. This Selection is so different. It's probably because the Selected are guys. Guys are more to be...predatory and whatnot. Geez. The drama was a punch in the gut. Completely unexpected. It came out of nowhere. Wham! I expected sly figure. Coy smiles. Hidden laxatives. But no. We get fights. Black eyes. Bruises. Knock outs. KO! It was unexpected to say the least.
The touching. Like whoa. Calm down. I felt like it was too much. As if Kiera Cass wanted to touch on darker topics but pulled out at the last moment. If you're going down that path, go down there. Explore it.

Ka-Pow Power


Kiss Kiss Fall in Love

I can't even with the romance. (The frustration.) Eadlyn didn't need a guy. At all. So why was she forced to have a Selection? A distraction? What about her brother and his waifu? 
She was a great heroine. Brave. Daring. She never needed a guy. Sure, Erik and Henri were great people. But she didn't need that. She had her brothers as  good males in her life. Her father even. The girl could stand on her own! 
But. She does need a personality to offset hers. Her personality is fire. She needed water. In a friend or a lover, who knows?

Special Effects

It was weird reading Maxon and America as adults. They seemed...the same but different. Older. Smarter. Stressed. But they still had their relationship. Admittedly, it was quite cute. Sigh. I thought they did work out well. Sorta. Maxon was a great king. Very just and kind. America wasn't bad as queen. Kind and loving. Smiling as always. These two would be good rulers in our world. We definitely need it.

The End

The ending was great. I can't wait for what happens next. There was hope. A maybe. I have questions. What will she do? Who will she choose? I don't like that the series will probably be two more books...but I can accept it if Eadlyn choose Henri or Erik or someone. Or Hale even. If she keeps up her personality and has more action, I'll continue. If not...who kn


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